On 19 March 2009, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Greece had breached EU law by rejecting offers from suppliers of medical equipment bearing the ‘CE’ mark. The ‘CE’ is a mandatory mark on many products sold in the EU and it indicates conformity with common EU standards e.g. for community safety, health or environmental requirements. The ECJ found that Greek hospitals were using subjective and discriminatory technical specifications which effectively blocked suppliers of CE marked products from competitively tendering. According to the European Commission, the Greek Government failed to ensure compliance with the Judgment. In response, on 24 November 2010, the Commission announced that had requested ECJ to impose a €7,173 daily penalty on Greece to apply from the 2009 ruling until the second ECJ ruling and a €43,724 daily penalty to apply from the date of the second Court ruling until the date of compliance.